Penelope the Pig

posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in North Region News

Families all around the United States have been gearing up for their state and county fairs. Along with the honors of showing at fair comes the anticipation of the expenses it takes to make it to the State Fair level, no matter where they are. Things are no different in North Dakota which is why AMVC alongside Turtle Mountain Pork team up each year to donate a pig.

For the second year, Turtle Mountain Pork and AMVC joined forces to donate a pig for the Bottineau County Fair in Bottineau, North Dakota. The pig is auctioned off during the fair with proceeds going to area 4-H participants to help offset the expenses of showing their animals at the North Dakota State Fair July 19-27th, 2013, in Minot, North Dakota.

This year’s pig, Penelope, named by local 4-H’ers, was the pig that was donated by AMVC and Turtle Mountain Pork. Penelope was a big hit at the oldest county fair in North Dakota, soaking up attention from passer byers of all ages! 4-H’ers helped care for her during the duration of the fair and fair onlookers had the chance to pet her, and give her attention. 

Penelope soaked up her 15 minutes of fame during her time in the ring being auctioned off. She helped bring in $450 to help 4-H’ers and their families offset the expenses that come with the honor of heading to the State Fair. Steve Schroeder, of United Honey, was the high bidder in the race for Penelope. Mr. Schroeder also purchased the donated pig last year.

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